Designing Tablet Computer Keyboards for European Languages

TitleDesigning Tablet Computer Keyboards for European Languages
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGrigas, G
JournalLocalisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation
Volume13
Issue1
ISSN1649-2358
KeywordsĄŽERTY, international keyboard, keyboard design, language-specific letter, letter frequency, on-screen keyboard, press-and-hold, QWERTY, sensory keyboard, tablet computer
Abstract

The keyboard of a tablet computer is on-screen and programmable. There are no restrictions on the number of keys. The keyboard programmer has the freedom to design a keyboard in accordance with the alphabet of a particular language. This paper analyses alphabets of different languages using the Latin script and presents the classification of letters according to their usage, frequency, attitude to main (native) language and foreign languages. It discusses methods of designing tablet keyboards for different languages using the experience of the English language. It presents a way to minimize the area that the keyboard occupies on the screen. It looks at direct typing as the only suitable typing method for all the letters of the main language, including all language- specific letters, and the press-and-hold typing method, which ensures a uniform way to get many extra symbols and allows for the development of international keyboards that include letters capable of covering the alphabets of a number of foreign languages. 

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